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Making your own healthy granola bites is an excellent way to provide yourself with a healthy snack. You can choose your own ingredients to ensure they are high quality and nutritious so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.

These DIY granola bites are super easy to put together and fully customizable for your health and dietary needs. You can customize them to your taste as well.

These granola bites are nutritionally dense, so it’s important that even with a healthy snack, you don’t overdo it. Moderation and variation are key to a healthy well-balanced diet.

Ingredients

With all ingredients, I would encourage you to purchase high-quality and organic items. The source and quality of your ingredients matter to your health.

You can read more about choosing organic here

Organic Oats

Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are considered to be an anti-inflammatory food. They have a relatively low glycemic index, meaning they have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. Diets with a lower glycemic load have been associated with reduced inflammation.

Oats also contain soluble fiber which can bind to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” to help reduce it.

You can enjoy oats in a variety of ways including overnight oats and these DIY granola bites. It’s important to purchase organic oats, and you can even strive to find gluten-free oats if desired too.

Bob’s Red Mill has a great option for organic oats, but you can also find them in bulk or in various grocery stores to help reduce costs.

Organic Unsweetened Coconut

Coconut meat is a good source of dietary fiber, which has been associated with anti-inflammatory benefits. Fiber supports gut health, reduces inflammation in the digestive tract, and influences the gut microbiota in a way that promotes a healthier immune response.

You can find unsweetened coconut shavings at most grocery stores and use this as a natural sweetener and increased fiber for your DIY granola bites.

Organic Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseeds are rich in various bioactive compounds that contribute to their anti-inflammatory effects, making them a valuable addition to an anti-inflammatory diet.

Flaxseed has a mild and nutty flavor. Great ways to add flaxseed to your diet are to add it to a pancake mix, kefir, overnight oats, mix it into other baked goods and this excellent DIY granola bites recipe.

You’ll want to use ground flaxseeds in your recipe as it allows your body to absorb the nutrients more effectively. The outer shell of whole flaxseeds is tough and difficult to digest, which means some of the beneficial nutrients may pass through the digestive system without being fully absorbed. Grinding breaks down the tough outer shell, making it easier for your body to access the nutrients inside. You can buy flaxseed meal or grind it yourself with a coffee or spice grinder.

Organic Honey

Honey is an excellent natural sweetener and is great to bind the ingredients for this DIY granola recipe. I prefer to purchase local honey, but when I can’t this organic raw honey is an excellent option.

Honey has its own set of potential therapeutic benefits including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. As with any sweetener, moderation is key for a well-rounded and healthy diet.

Organic Peanut Butter

Nuts and nut butter have great health benefits including micronutrients and healthy fats. They do have a high-calorie count per serving, but in moderation, it’s important to add various nuts to your diet.

Peanut butter is used in this recipe to help bind all the ingredients together. You can opt for another nut butter like almond butter if desired.

Chocolate Chips

The health benefits of dark chocolate are primarily associated with high cocoa content (70% or higher).

You can also choose to use cacao nibs which are a more nutritious and healthy choice. Cacao nibs are small pieces of crushed cacao beans that are minimally processed and do not undergo the same level of roasting and refining as cocoa powder or chocolate. They’re typically less sweet than chocolate chips as well.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body. This can contribute to a reduction in inflammation on top of being a delicious flavor additive to your DIY granola bites.

Vanilla

Vanilla is great option to add for a little extra flavor. Grab a bottle of organic vanilla extract or make one yourself easily with some vanilla beans and vodka!

Customization Options

If there’s a particular ingredient you’re not fond of, these granola bites are super easy to customize. Don’t want chocolate? Add in some dried fruit instead. The possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas to play with:

  • Dried cherries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Sliced or chopped almonds
  • Dates
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Maple syrup (instead of honey)
  • Almond butter (instead of peanut butter)

Equipment

For this recipe, you can choose to mix by hand or you can use a food processor to grind the ingredients together. Both taste delicious, it just depends on whether you would like a more consistent texture or variation in your DIY granola bites.

I will even mix it all together and spread it in an 8×8 pan and refrigerate and cut to desired size if I don’t want to roll it all into balls.

Enjoy this recipe and play around with the variations!

Healthy Granola Bites

Create your own granola bites for a healthy nutritious snack.
Course Snack
Servings 24 balls

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Food processor optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Organic oats
  • 1 cup Organic unsweeted coconut
  • 1/2 cup Organic peanut butter see notes**
  • 1/2 cup Organic flax seed
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Organic chocolate chips (or other customizations)
  • 1 sprinkle Organic cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix together
  • Optional – use food processor to mix all ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir in chocolate chips by hand
  • Roll the granola into equal sized balls
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours – and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t want to roll these into balls, it works really well to spread it into an 8×8 pan instead. You can cut small bars or squares for snacking and keep them stored in the pan! 
**Depending on the brand of peanut butter you buy, you may need to add a tablespoon of water to your recipe to help everything stick together. Natural peanut butter that separate tends to be on the drier side and requires extra liquid to stick together well in this recipe.
Keyword Granola, Granola bite, Healthy snack